Hello Carmel Hello Newsletter February 2024

“The LORD Himself watched over you!
The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.”
Psalm 121:5

Greetings from Carmel

I give thanks to our LORD for the blessing of a new year. I pray that as you journey, you may be blessed by increased revelation of who He is.

I have been considering our faith journey as is mirrored by the Israelite’s annual journey towards Jerusalem (inspired by avividlife.co.za and Suria Scholtz’s blog). The purpose of the journey was to affirm the centrality of faith in their lives and to seek GOD’s will and presence. As the people would journey, they would worship GOD using the Songs of Ascent (Psalms 120-134).

As we personally, and as the Carmel community, continue to journey, may we choose a similar heart-attitude. I thank the LORD for His unchanging faithfulness and that He journeys with us, providing guidance and protection.

We are busy finalising our Ministry Programmes for the year ahead and you can read more about the upcoming programmes below. Our mission is to spread the love of Christ to all who visit Carmel and our Ministry Programmes are at the heart of this.

This year is a very exciting for Carmel. On the 1st May, we turn 70 years since the Ministry of Carmel began. A full day of activities are planned for Wednesday 1st May (a public holiday) and a Family Day on Saturday 4th May. You can stay up to date via our social channels (Facebook/ Instagram) and we will send another newsletter with further details soon.

We also welcome all to Carmel on Easter Sunday, 31st March. Our Sunrise Service will be at 6am, followed by hot-cross buns at Kaye’s Cafe and then our “Jesus is Risen” celebration breakfast and lunch.

God bless and keep you and may your journey of the year ahead be filled with the blessings of our Heavenly Father.

Suzanne Mackay 
The Carmel Trustees

Greetings from the Ministry Team

Throughout the year Carmel hosts a variety of interesting, special interest programmes and spiritually enriching seminars. Carmel staff as well as highly regarded teachers and specialists lead these programmes.

Our upcoming Ministry event is “Know the Real Jesus”, presented by Alexander Venter and it is taking place at Carmel from the 7th – 10th March. You can find all the details about the programme on our Ministry Programmes webpage. You can join as a day visitor or stay over for the 3 nights for the full Carmel experience. Find out more here.

Carmel Ministry: Know the Real Jesus. Alexander Venter

Our future events in the planning are our Women’s Retreat over 5-7 July, Prime Plus, and the Pastor’s Retreat. More details will follow soon on our Ministry Programmes webpage. You can also send us your details on the Ministry Programmes webpage and we will email you the relevant programme details as soon as they become available.

Easter at Carmel Coastal Retreat

Easter Sunday is a special time at Carmel for all to come together for meaningful celebration of the love of Christ for the world, our Saviour.

  • On Sunday we will be holding the sunrise service and worship at 6am. The service is lead by Peter Veysie, Minister of the George Methodist Church. The service will be followed by delicious hot-cross buns and fellowship at Kaye’s Cafe 
  • Our ‘Jesus is Risen’ celebration breakfast and lunch will follow and we welcome all to join for breakfast and/or lunch. The cost is R140/pp for breakfast and R180/pp for lunch


For the ‘Jesus is Risen’ breakfast and lunch, please contact reception on 044-889-0019 or email bookings@carmelmail.co.za to book.

For the Sunday Sunrise Service, all are welcome. There is no need to contact us prior.

Ethnos Ministry Events

Ethnos Ministry International will also be running their ‘Table Talks‘ and ‘PAUSE’ conferences on the below dates. You can contact Suria on 082 333 6201 to find out more and book.

Ethnos Ministry International ministry events

Greetings from Operations

In December, we were very excited to announce the opening of The Table Restaurant and Shop. We pray that The Table will be of immense blessings to all who visit Carmel, a place for fellowship and community, while enjoying delicious food and coffee.

I give thanks to God for his blessings over the December School Holidays, and for the Carmel and Ethnos teams and our Carmel Height’s community for helping to create a special and blessed time for all who visited. View our December highlights video.

Following the year-end holidays, the Carmel and Ethnos teams are back to work on various projects to prepare the grounds for the season ahead. Our goal is to reach, serve and impact the local George community and the larger Body of Christ. I look forward to updating you on these projects in our next newsletter and Facebook page.

Please can you keep us in your prayers, for God’s hand to be over the teams at work, in preparing the grounds for the ministry of God to be glorified for all who visit Carmel.

The team and I look forward to welcoming you to Carmel soon.

God bless,

Wouter Cloete 
General Manager

The Table Restaurant at Carmel Coastal Retreat
Christian Retreats, Carmel, George, Garden Route, Western Cape

Break away from the bustle of life to experience Carmel for your next group retreat, conference or day-event. 


Come together for a time of restoration, networking and refocus for the year ahead. Make your group visit an experience to remember through our range of accommodation, dining and meeting venues, while enjoying our breath-taking Victoria Bay views, beautiful gardens and quiet spaces too.

School Holidays at Carmel Coastal Retreat

The School Holidays are a special time at Carmel, for all to come together for rest and a good amount of holiday fun.

The school holiday bookings fill up fast so be sure to book your camping or B&B accommodation soon to ensure you don’t miss out on these special times at Carmel

Western Cape School Holidays

June / July 
15 June 2024 – 8 July 2024 

December / January 
12 December 2023 – 14 January 2024 
 

During the holiday time, the Carmel team runs daily activities for kids of all ages and adults too… and for rest and restoration, our garden walks, many quiet spaces and chapel are perfect to gain the rest you may need (spiritual, emotional and physical).

To experience School Holidays at Carmel, watch our December holiday highlights video below.

Carmel Prayer Room

If you would like to be a part of the Wednesday Prayer Room, we pray in the chapel every Wednesday morning from 07h00 – 08h00.

We pray that God may continue to fill our guests with renewed hope, enthusiasm and restoration. 

We pray that Carmel will continue to be fruitful place, bringing the much needed restoration our guests are seeking and that God’s blessings may be poured over them. May God’s presence be at Carmel as it is in heaven.

We would love for you to partner with us in prayer for Carmel.

Carmel's ongoing legacy

The shared testimonies over the many years of Carmel’s history inspire confidence. God continues to be at work and use Carmel for His ministry. So many leave rested, encouraged, and restored, by the love of Jesus. The ripple effects of Carmel continue into eternity. All praise be to God!


In being able to continue the work of Carmel for future generations to come, we are seeking our valued guests and friends of Carmel for donations or bequests, in leaving a legacy into Carmel’s future. There are many specific projects we have on our hearts to implement the mission of Carmel, and many ways in which to become involved.

If being a part of Carmel’s legacy is on your heart, we would love to share our vision and projects with you in more detail and how you can be a part of Carmel’s bright future.